As the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series lands on the west coast for two consecutive weekends our attention turned to Anaheim, California as round one proved to be full of action earlier tonight. After a historic event on Oklahoma City concluded last weekend there are many story lines that started to take shape heading into tonight’s first round. Douglas Duncan and bullfighter Frank Newsome both suffered injuries that will keep them out of competition but there is another that is making his triumphant return as well!
J.W. Harris Rides Little Man For 84.25 In Round One
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J.W. Harris, four-time Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association World Champion, returns to in-arena action following his injury sustained at the second event of the season in New York City. While attempting to ride the bucking bull Mishap he received a number of injuries that would put him out of competition for the next week in Oklahoma City. His list of injuries he received in just a mere eight seconds include a right elbow and forearm strain, chest contusion and upper back rib sprains.
Heading into this weekend’s fourth event, the Anaheim Invitational, there has been a dominance that has been established among some of the top professional bull riders in the world. The top five spots in the 2016 world championship standings are held by the ever so hot Brazilians and no one is expecting that to change any time soon. The Brazilian faction of the PBR bull riders have put everyone on notice and are setting themselves up for a huge season even though it is still very early.
Robson Palermo Takes On Cooper Tires Brown Sugar In Round One
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Tonight’s round one inside the Honda Center was surely set up to favor the powerful caliber of PBR bucking bulls and their stock contractors. Some of the very best contractors in the business today came together to give the cowboys all that they could handle out on the west coast. Chad Berger, D&H Cattle Company and Rob Smets are just a few of the top tier contractors that have made the trip to California for the first of two events held there before heading back to the Midwest in just two short weeks.
Once the round kicked off it was apparent that the PBR athletes knew exactly what was ahead of them of them for the next two and a half hours. Once it was all said and done the bull riding athletes did, in fact, fair far better than the bovine contestants that they faced on an entertaining Friday night to say the least. When the official numbers came in it was an astonishing 19 of the top 35 bull riders in the world that were able to make it to the much elusive eight second buzzer sound that made the fans inside of the Honda Center spring to their feet in excitement!
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira Takes The Lead After Winning Round One
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Even though there were 18 other cowboys that managed to obtain a qualified ride nobody could do it any better than Wallace Vieira de Oliveira who managed to squeak out a victory that puts him solidly in first place heading into round two tomorrow night from Anaheim, California. Oliveira put out a solid effort to receive a 89.25 point ride aboard Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Julie Rosen’s Cooper Tires Brown Sugar. The level of confidence was evident on his face as he heads into round two to carry on the momentum from tonight’s win.
Along with the huge ride there was another score that starts to matter and that is the one of the bull score. Cooper Tires Brown Sugar was granted a nice 43.50 point bull score which puts him on the map as a bull that has a legitimate chance at being in the heart of the running for World Champion Bucking Bull this coming November at the 2016 PBR World Finals. The newly formed Executive Competition Committee made some much needed changes as to how bucking bulls are chosen for this honor and if tonight was any indication the stock contractors know exactly what that means!
Other Qualified Rides From Round One In Anaheim
Robson Palermo 88.50
Joao Ricardo Vieira 87.50
Eduardo Aparecido 87.25
Derek Kolbaba 87.00
Guilherme Marchi 86.25
Cody Nance 86.25
Fabiano Vieira 86.00
Stetson Lawrence 86.00
Ryan Dirteater 85.75
Nathan Schaper 85.50
Shane Proctor 85.25
J.W. Harris 84.25
Mason Lowe 84.25
Emilio Resende 83.25
Paulo Lima 82.25
Robson Aragao 82.25
Tanner Bryne 81.50
Valdiron de Oliveira 81.00
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